Health Works: How clutter in life, clutters your mind

When stuff takes over our space, we feel out of control.
 One in four Americans admit they can't fit one car in the garage because of clutter.

If the clutter is taking over your life, the doctor says you  might want to eliminate some stuff because,  clearing your space, will clear your mind. 

Andrea Wolf knows what she's doing. This mom of three is a professional organizer with Organize Detroit. 

 But  she's doing much more than cleaning out messy closets.

"If you can declutter your world you can declutter your mind," she said.

Psychiatrist Howard Belkin knows most of us are struggling with too much stuff. 

"If you walk into anyone's house there's a lot of clutter," he said. "There's clutter in drawers, clutter in closets. That clutter increases our feeling of being overwhelmed, confusion, things going on around us. 

And when our stuff starts to take over our space we feel out of control. 

"When you're cluttered your out of control when you declutter you have sense of stability," Belkin said. 

But how to tackle the problem?  There are pros that will come to your home or office like Andrea or there are countless self-help books. 

Deena Centofanti recently read the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up, the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.

Deena started with my clothes and took every item of clothing out of my closet.

Kondo tells you to analyze each piece and ask yourself:

Does this spark joy? 

For those expensive skinny jeans that you only wore once,  you say "Thank you, you served your purpose but not anymore."

 You eliminate the discards,  then you store the keepers in a visually appealing way. 

Deena ended up with a huge pile to donate, but a 1984 Michael Jackson Victory Tour Silverdome concert T-shirt made the cut. 

Kondo says in her book that tidying up can change your life and Belkin agrees.

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